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Topic: Why are so many things made of Plastic?
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Greek to Me

Photo: Greek god ZeusThe word “plastic”comes from the Greek word “plastikos” meaning “to form.”

In more technical terms, a plastic is a material that can be heated and molded so that it keeps its molded shape after it cools.

Did you know that plastic is the most used material in the world?

Photo: relief sculpture of the Greek god Zeus.

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